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The Idiot Restaurant

Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
+7 812 315-16-75
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a lovely little dinner in this charming restaurant. Food was very good and the service was good. Decor is quaint. It was also in walking distance of my hotel Domina St.Petersburg.

Thank Ilene S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came across the restaurant by chance and were extremely lucky. Don't be distracted by the strange entrance; there's a magic world waiting for you behind the unusual door. It feels like taking part in a themed dinner without the uneasy feeling that Dostoyevsky's Idiot...More

1  Thank Cickany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a charming waitress (from Sochi) , the food was superb and very reasonable (not just veggie now either ) and woudl highly recommend ...

Thank Amanda_B145
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere was warm, cosy, old fashioned and very welcoming. It was like being in a home. The menu was varied and plenty of choice for vegetarians. Service was very good and the food was excellent. We went twice as it was so good. The...More

Thank Heather C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, unusual decor and back story, very friendly service, reasonably speedy too. Only place we went twice.

Thank Particle7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Several people recommended this Russian-cuisine spot, and it was as expected. The atmosphere was old-style, comfy and invited. The food featured Georgian items, our favorites. Every dish satisfied. Our favorite Russian restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Thank wayne l
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Our group had a light lunch of borscht, dark bread, beer, tea and a complimentary shot of vodka, so cannot comment on what would be served at a more substantial meal. What we had was good. The atmosphere is a step back in time. It...More

Thank Julia B
Reviewed 7 July 2017

The Idiot is decorated like an old-fashioned private home with a "cavern" feel and is very intimate and cozy. The waitress we had was very friendly and spoke excellent english. The food was good though not exceptional. The muscles and the cheese envelope starters were...More

Thank Merchant-fan
Reviewed 6 July 2017

probably the interior was not touched for long, authentic furniture, great food, wine and very friendly service.

Thank Ferdinand G
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

I visited The Idiot because I wanted to try a borscht that didn't have beef in, and had read it was vegetarian friendly in Lonely Planet. The welcome was warm and the setting comfortable, and not only was I able to get my borscht, but...More

1  Thank Rachel F
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
  • Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: +7 812 315-16-75
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